User Review: MSR Hubba Hubba
Price Paid: $250
Having read the great reviews for this tent I felt comfortable in my decision to get it when REI had it on sale for $250.
The following day I left Portland Or. for a solo road trip to the Olympic peninsula in NW Washington for nine days. The first three days up on the coast and in the Hoh rain forest it DUMPED out with 20 to 30 mph winds.
Excited to use my first new tent in nine years the weather didn't even bother me, except for when the tent started leaking...dripping...raining inside.
Taking into consideration the conditions I was in, 45f, 100% humidity, wind and rain, this was more than condensation build up. The tent was tied up as tight as possible from every loop with none of the fly touching what so ever to the tent. If I ran my hand along the inside of the fly my hand was soaked, to the point that the moisture was dripping from peak of the fly to the only piece of vinyl on the tent, built up on there and would continually drip through that throughout the night.
That piece of vinyl is located directly above my pad so I got to wake up with a wet bag the first few days. Not to mention I really don't get the zipper on the fly... zips down the middle to form the vestibule and each door flap has its own stake.
So you can better understand this, there is no way to keep both sides staked down while inside the tent. If you don't have the tent entirely tied tight with extra ropes to trees and rocks, in serious rain this will cause the fly to touch the mesh of the tent. I was wiping up the floor of my tent every night it rained hard.
This was probably some of the worse conditions you could camp in (or at least for me it was) but also a great test for new gear. Unfortunately this tent failed.
As luck would have it, one night I ran into a couple that had the 3 person hubba and they had no problems ever like that and on another night met a guy who had the 1 person Hubba and he also had no problems (but he did have a tarp over his).
I did return the tent to REI when I got back home. I think I had to have a defective tent because no one seems to have heard this happening before.
On the bright side this tent was extremely easy to set up. I decided to go with the Nemo Losi 2 but haven't had the conditions like those to test it